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Flight of the Spyder XL

See also

Spyder XL hybrid stunt drone motor replacement

Multicopters repair and comments


The completion of the Spyder XL repair, who knows how many tiny screws hold this baby together ? Basically a top and bottom shell, arms and main body of each shell is one piece. Noted that the motors were not exactly a perfect fit. Slightly wider than the originals. Now that the top and bottom shells are coming together would the motors fit correctly into the top shell? The are rectangular protrusions at the end of each arm to fit the motors, they are an inverted configuration with the gear  reduction train at the bottom.

Of course they didn’t fit, with a lot of force to secure the top and bottom ends of the arms was unreasonable. Seeing that the construction is all plastic it was just a matter of applying some heat to the ends where the motor fit and it worked like a charm. Be carefull using any type of heat when servicing quads like this. Even an errant soldering iron will leave it’s mark behind. Seems to me that the plastic has a low melting temp so if need be with a bit of heat , like from a heat gun, things can be massaged into place.

Now all screws secured, the copter was a lot firmer. A final spin up without  the props to check rotations of each thruster motor. I installed the props, the 2 bladed after market variety (as I have switched to the prop adapters allowing the use of aftermarket props) and powered the bird up. TOTAL disappointment… ????? The quad seems to stall out when trying to lift off !!! very underpowered ! Now I though the replacement motors were at fault.

I shifted over to the original props, still just as bad. !!! One final adjustment that being a final swap to 3 bladed props and …….. for some reason, the copter wound up to speed and lifted off, now I went through both battery packs flying, hovering and a few crashes in the basement skunk works lab. That was my time for now, I’m going to shift back to the 2 blades next time, just to confirm that the props were the cause, only one other fault noted is that one flight, the pitch and yaw switched sticks on the controller, fixed with a restart and re sync. Still wonder if the motors had to go through a break-in or I had a bad sync when the 2 blades were on the quad. (sometimes dealing with used equipment makes troubleshooting a bit cloudy, could it have been a problem the transmitter sticks?)



Buzzing around the basement test range


not easy trying to fly and take pic with the iPad.


Next action will be the camera installation, also finding and outdoor location for this guy to fly as it seems it will contend with wind etc. better than the UDI or the small Propel.

The next repair will be a bigger drone, one with brushless motors, GPS etc. but considering scrapping the innards after a bit of assessment, as the main board already has problems and the GPS ,a separate board, needs repair or replacement. The battery also seems to be not getting any type of charge. By the condition, another Ebay buy, looks like either a severe crash or a compilation of junk parts.? Happy troubleshooting and parts hunting the challenge is on !

One other note for you persons who are interested in the same sort of thing, those tiny screws get lost easy in between jobs, rolling off the bench, (use a tray or magnet), or sticking to anything magnetic  like the motors. The suggested fix was to buy an assortment of tiny screws. That solved a lot of problems for now.

drone from eBay , used Spyder XL $56.50 (also includes a smaller drone)

shipping $15.00

Original Syma X8C X8W engine RC Quadcopter Spare Parts Servo Motor CW/CCW Free Shipping

these were the best fit motors  $9.79 for 4 motors. shipping included

4pcs YiZhan Tarantula X6 H16 RC Quadcopter Spare Parts Main Gear X6-07

only used the shafts for replacement, could have cut down the originals … $4.40 for 4 shipping included.

NEW 6colors multirotor 8045 pro propeller 8 inch propeller helicopter fixed wing QAV mini quadcopter multirotor 8045 propeller  $13.98 for 4 (2 yellow, 2 red) shipping included., 2 blade variety

hardware/tools for repairs….

1000 pcs mini screws for eyeglass screw + screwdriver tool

$4.42 shipping included

Dial Caliper NEW 6” inch 150mm Metric Dial Vernier Caliper Ruler Gauge Measuring Tool 22.5cm*7.9cm

very light duty caliper for measurement of small millimeter  items, motor dimensions, shafts, props etc.  $7.33 shipping included.

(you know metrology is an very good field to consider, one will alway have a need to measure, calibrate and certify compliance). I was fortunate to have some experience in this field (years ago) and it can branch off to many paths. Any one familar with manufacturing should be know that the basic starts with a quality control program. As like other disiplines, computers and automation have been increasing in this field, but sooner or later, someone has to verify, sign off, build and calibrate the machines that perform the measurments. If you really want to rhile up a machinist for example tell them you need a something “about 3 inches long” or what ever. You find out that they have “no tolerance” for these shenanigans.



An interesting salad

This recipe was a re definition of a salad.

Close  to the original recipe,  very filling for a salad that I had about 1/2 of the total amount.

Nuts are said to be a superfood, but I won’t profess about what you (should) eat,  the decision is up to you.

Quinoa salad  from Mrs. Twinkle a WordPress blog .

Now I’m open to a lot of grains, bread, couscous, barley, so this looked like an interesting combination. Now those of you either that have a nut allergy or turned off by a meal with no meat, yes this recipe could be modified from the original but I think that would lose something in the translation.

Being used to the usual greens and tomato type salad, with an oil and vinegar type dressing,  this is a pleasant diversion. Little if any modification to the recipe. Other than sesame oil double and skip the olive oil in the dressing, and some chopped ginger added to the main mix, ( I would taste and bring up the level of ginger in the dressing). The crunch of the red cabbage and the nuttiness of the dressing, on a bed of grains is satifiying. 

 I use double black soy sauce for the dressing. Melt the peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds. Stir and finish the dressing and adjust to taste.


I resisted to add any heat to this recipe!


Mushroom Bean Thread Lo mien with Onion

A variation of a recipe from purple many meals there with recipes for a jumping off point. Substituted ingredients of course!

Purple carrot
Bean thread Lo mien with mushrooms and onions

Ginger garlic paste

Assorted dried oriental mushrooms

Chopped white onion, scallion more appropriate.


Dark black soy sauce

Rice wine rice vinegar

Chilli paste

Gauge the ingredients by the size of serving, I tended to go with a good amount of mushrooms and less of the noodle, in this case I had some bean thread noodle from the shelve. Egg, rice or another type can be used.

Using your hot coffee machine for hot water, reconstitute the dried mushrooms in a cup.

In a small pot full of cool water, soak the bean thread noodles on the stove.

Prep an additive of cornstarch, water and soy sauce for a thickening agent. I use double black soy sauce so this is a strong dark recipe.
Course chop lettuce , fine chop onion for prep

Drain the mushrooms, course chop

Add the mushrooms to a broad pan or wok with oil and stir fry for several minutes.

Add the ginger garlic paste to taste , now go off heat and stir to distribute the fragrance. 
Depending on the noodle, bring the water to boil to soften , don’t overcook.
Add the lettuce and onion to the fryer/ wok and stir fry.

Follow with the rice wine and rice vinegar, stir till lettuce wilts and onion cooks to preference.

Add the soy cornstarch mixture bring to high heat very briefly to congeal.

Season at this point with salt, pepper , I add chili paste mix for some heat.

Drain the noodle with cold water rinse. 

As for plating I toss the bean thread noodle in the pan and plate.

Strong soy flavor , maybe not as light as your accustomed to.

Would be good with a peanut, cashew garnish.


Re”PETE” recipe : banana bread

This is a recipe banana bread that was made a second time,

Now it came out a bit lighter and I noticed that the sour cream when mixed with the baking soda bubbled more than the first recipe.

No chocolate chips in this recipe.


Baked Fermented Wheat

recent baking…




Pan seared shrimp with Quinoa


By the time the quinoa was done about 20 minutes, the rest of the plate was ready.

(Frozen uncooked deveined shrimp was used for this recipe, beforehand, rinse the frozen shrimp in lukewarm water, then proceed)


Paste-up the shrimp with ginger garlic paste and some spicy hot pepper tomato jam, liberally apply salt and fresh ground pepper with some oil of choice.Apply the paste to the shrimp first and let rest while prepping the quinoa,  boil the water add the grain and cover to simmer. Diced white onion  was added to the quinoa also as onion is a staple in this house for most recipes.


super hot pan, toss the shrimp


maybe a drizzle of olive oil, keep the shrimps moving.


finish with some crushed peanuts, pan off heat and toss utilizing the residual heat.


Plated with roasted veggies (leftovers) and the quinoa. Dusted with grated Parmesan. Fresh parsley sprig would be a nice touch. yep, I eat tails and all.






Traditional Warm German Potato Salad

imageTraditional Warm German Potato Salad



One of the starts of a day, potato salad for breakfast?  Well now that I am at the age of expansion (not by size 😌) of blogging and cooking skills, more time to plan the start of the day since this day does not require to work for the clock, so to speak. Sit in the yard outside in the cool morning. Breezing through the WordPress reader with the trusty cup of coffee and Diane also came to sit outside for some time and enjoy the late summer morning air. A  reliance  on social media and connectivity for inspiration, catching up on the news both local and global,  Hmmm… this recipe look like something that would give me some first day nourishment. With the ingredients on hand, it was an easy, savory dish !

  1. Scrubbing potatoes…
  2. Prep ingredients…..
  3. Start the cooking……
  4. Sweat the onions and celery….




starting the dressing


dicing potatoes


cooking the dressing


finishing the dressing

NOTE: I added a bit more sugar to the dressing, the apple cider vinegar used was of the home-made variety so it was a bit more pungent.


Finish by mixing in the dressing…. serve warm.



NOTE: if mobile device is below 20 % battery, then photostream won’t sync, once on charger though it works.



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